Last week, on Tuesday, July 15 a great energy swelled from deep within the bowels of The Monarch as hand crafted vibrations, both sonic and visual, catered to a hungry crowds voracious appetite. Descending into this underbelly one would find scores of people hunched over, arms flying, wildly gesticulating, hair falling in ever direction but down – gyrating bodies and bobbing heads uniformly sporting white 3D glasses, lost in the nebula of sight and sound. Electric Bare’s first collaboration with progressive electronic label Stereocure was a rousing success.
MurderBear Visuals, a project by our very own Kyle Gordon, provided the ocular stimulus for the evening. Taking over the Monarch’s three projectors, pushing them to extremes, MurderBear projected his beautifully crafted 3D visuals onto the finite surface of the basement walls, creating infinite space. It felt like the dance floor was freely floating in the cosmos, in some nether realm, and that in some way our movements, our dancing, hand in hand with the music, is what kept it all in order – what prevented us from dissolving into the beautiful chaos beyond.
Sounpieces, a San Francisco based posse dedicated to creating and promoting cutting edge electronic music opened the night on an energetic note. With deep beats sporting sometimes chill/airy and sometimes hard-hitting productions They effectively made the crowd feel like their limbs were lighter, allowing them to groove harder. Soundpieces can be found dropping beats each Tuesday at the Monarch, literally running its underground.
Airlocke, a SF native Hip-Hop producer, channelled the jazz stylings of Nujabes with tasteful remixes and masterful original tracks. With a humble and modest stage presence Airlocke effected peaceful, undulating vibes. His set was pure and, to me, acted as a palate cleanser between Soundpieces’ and Kuh-Lida’s respective sounds.
The first Stereocure act of the evening, Kuh-Lida, was incredibly animated. His energy was contagious. I found it very difficult to focus on photographing the event as each time I looked in his direction I felt the need to get down. Often his movements were random and unexpected – almost frenzied – but in an infectious, inspiring, and dare I say envious way. It was like watching a pious man in the throws of worship – completely devoted and in love.
A Sol Mechanic came out and showed everyone that he was worthy of such a moniker. Without sacrificing the booty-shaking energy that had thus far been cultivated in the Monarch’s basement, David Blazer brought tranquility and peace through his music. For about an hour he performed little tune-ups, always giving fair estimates, never taking anyone for a ride.
Finally, to close out the night, friend of Electric Bare Jackson Stell, AKA Big Wild, took the stage, crafting beats that blurred genre boundaries and bridged the divides (if any were still to be found) between the evening’s patrons. His set was subtle, organic, and ever-evolving. To get an idea you can check out his Electric Bare Session.